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There's a big problem with fishing. Fishing nets and hooks catch and kill lots of other sea creatures — fish, dolphins, porpoises, small whales, and birds. It's called "bycatch."

Here's a loggerhead sea turtle escaping from a fishing net equipped with a turtle excluder device. Be free!


Shrimp bycatch. Ugh.

But hold on — this bycatch story has a happy ending:

Tens of thousands of albatross were dying every year as "bycatch."


Like many seabirds, when an albatross spots a fishing trawler, she'll often swoop down to investigate.

When they process fish at sea, the trawlers dump fish heads, guts, and other goodies overboard. Yum. But every year thousands of hungry seabirds get tangled in the fishing cables and drown.

Here's the good news.

Hake fishermen in South Africa reduced albatross deaths by 99% in 2014. (They saved 90% of all seabird species, but 99% of albatross in particular.) The solution was so simple! A series of "scare lines" are hung from the fishing lines running off the back of the boat. These flapping ropes disturb the birds and keep them in the air, away from dangerous fishing cables.


This happy ending was made possible in part by the fishery's Marine Stewardship Council certification, which works with all kinds of different fisheries in order to promote sustainable fishing.

Keep an eye out for that extra special label that can help you choose the right seafood to eat, whether it's salmon, crab, or cod. And learn more about how groups like the MSC are working to protect our oceans. They need our help!

It's amazing what a good label can do.

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One of the most amazing (and frightening) realizations one can have as a parent is that your child is always listening and they have incredible memories.

Alyssia, the mother of three-year-old Ayaan, was blown away when during their walk to school he began reciting positive affirmations she taught him a year earlier. When he was two she taught him to repeat "I am smart. I am blessed. I can do anything," when he is stressed.

"Well he shocked me this morning. Out of no where he started repeating it, so I pulled out my phone," Alyssia commented on her Instagram post. "He ended (with enthusiasm lol) once we made it to our destination. So proud of the little boy he is growing into."

Alyssia shared the video on Instagram where it received nearly 100,000 likes.

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It is said that once you've seen something, you can't unsee it. This is exactly what is happening in America right now. We have collectively watched the pot of racial tension boil over after years of looking the other way, insisting that hot water doesn't exist, pretending not to notice the smoke billowing out from every direction.

Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away—it prolongs resolution. There's a whole lot of harm to be remedied and damage to be repaired as a result of racial injustice, and it's up to all of us to figure out how to do that. Parents, in particular, are recognizing the importance of raising anti-racist children; if we are unable to completely eradicate racism, maybe the next generation will.

How can parents ensure that the next generation will actively refuse to perpetuate systems and behaviors embedded in racism? The most obvious answer is to model it. Take for example, professional tennis player Serena Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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Two years ago, I got off the phone after an interview and cried my eyes out. I'd just spent an hour talking to Tim Ballard, the founder of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that helps fight child sex trafficking, and I just couldn't take it.

Ballard told me about how the training to go undercover as a child predator nearly broke him. He told me an eerie story of a trafficker who could totally compartmentalize, showing Ballard photos of kids he had for sale, then switching gears to proudly show him a photo of his own daughter on her bicycle, just as any parent would. He told me about how lucrative child trafficking is—how a child can bring in three or four times as much as a female prostitute—and how Americans are the industry's biggest consumers.

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"There's only one thing more dangerous than a bad virus, and that's a bad vaccine," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO's health emergencies programme, said in March. "We have to be very, very, very careful in developing any product that we're going to inject into potentially most of the world population."

Since the beginning of the pandemic, experts have said that developing a vaccine and getting it through the necessary safety and efficacy protocols would take, at minimum, 12 to 18 months. Yet here we are, 7 months in, and Vladimir Putin has just announced that Russia has already approved a vaccine for the coronavirus.

According to the BBC, there are more than 100 vaccines in various stages of development and testing. Six of those have reached phase 3 trials, involving more widespread testing in humans. Russia's vaccine is not among those six.

Meanwhile, hundreds of U.S. doctors have signed a letter urging the FDA not to rush or politicize vaccine trials.

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